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Gloucester, MA 01930


Genomics Lab Technician
Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) is Gloucester’s exciting new independent marine biotechnology research institute, positioned to influence a new era of discovery and innovation, based on the genomic science of marine-derived research topics.

GMGI is now at a unique stage in its organizational development and is building a staff who thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial culture, and who feel a commitment to the mission. The entrepreneurial culture exists throughout the organization, from the innovative science conducted in the research institute to the lab immersion curriculum of the new vocational biotech Academy. Flexibility, adaptability and a passion for learning are characteristics that embody every team member.

GMGI has a full-time position for a Genomics Lab Technician, who will play an important role in contributing to GMGI’s marine genomics research.

The successful candidate must be familiar with molecular biology and genomics laboratory methods and equipment, and capable of working independently to design experiments and analyze data on a variety of science projects directed by GMGI scientists. The projects will be derived from a variety of marine genomic topics, utilizing laboratory skills typical of modern biotechnology labs. The ability to generate high quality data, operate with critical thinking and observation skills, and the maintenance of scientific records are important traits.

Position Summary

The Genomics Lab Technician will be part of the GMGI team, supporting all aspects of the work on a variety of GMGI science projects, with responsibilities determined by staff scientists.

This position will report to the Science Director

Responsibilities

  • Design and execute experiments using molecular biology/genomics techniques
  • Generate and maintain data to meet scientific standards
  • DNA/RNA isolations and quantification, PCR, qRT-PCR
  • Next-generation sequencing using the Illumina platform
  • Analyze genomic data with basic knowledge of bioinformatics and statistics
  • Operate with critical thinking, always assessing quality of experimental set up and results
  • prepare reports as requested, for internal or proposal requirements
  • Maintain experimental materials and supplies
  • Maintain research equipment
  • Background reading suited to individual projects
  • Training of interns assigned to research projects

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, molecular biology or related field
  • Experience with biotechnology methods for DNA, RNA and protein analysis, capable of running experiments with minimal supervision
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to the GMGI mission of science and education
  • Experience working with modern biotechnology instruments and methods
  • Excellent writing and documentation skills
  • Basic skills in statistical analysis of data
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to interpret and present scientific data to individuals with a non-science background
  • Integrity towards scientific research and data quality
  • Capable of working in a start-up environment, with work changing to adapt to needs
  • High energy, can-do attitude

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in biology, chemistry, molecular biology or related field
  • Experience with statistics and bioinformatics
  • Experience troubleshooting experiments to assure reliable performance
  • Experience working in a biotechnology company
  • Background in marine sciences or oceanography

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits: Yes

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Andrea Bodnar at andrea.bodnar@gmgi.org.

About GMGI

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) is an exciting new independent marine biotechnology research institute. Founded in 2013 by three prominent scientist entrepreneurs, with legendary experience in the biotechnology field, GMGI is positioned to influence a new era of discovery and innovation in marine genomics science.

It is envisioned that GMGI will evolve into an eminent research institute focused on using the tools of genomics and proteomics to promote sustainable fisheries and uncover new discoveries in biomedicine and biotechnology. These new opportunities will enable formation of startup companies, leveraging any resulting intellectual property and innovations, and produce a powerful economic driver that will sustain the future Cape Ann economy and offer the region’s citizens with exciting new career paths.


Biotech Lab Technician and Teaching Assistant
Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) is Gloucester’s exciting new independent marine biotechnology research institute, positioned to influence a new era of discovery and innovation, based on the genomic science of marine-derived research topics. In addition, GMGI has launched Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, a state-of-the-art educational center, offering a vocational training program to prepare high school grads for jobs as entry-level lab technicians.

GMGI is now at a unique stage in its organizational development and is building a staff who thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial culture, and who feel a commitment to the mission. The entrepreneurial culture exists throughout the organization, from the innovative science conducted in the research institute to the lab immersion curriculum of the new vocational biotech Academy. Flexibility, adaptability and a passion for learning are characteristics that embody every team member.

GMGI has created a new full-time position of Biotech Lab Technician and Teaching Assistant, who will play an important role in support of Gloucester Biotechnology Academy as well as contribute to GMGI marine genomics research.

The successful candidate must be familiar with modern biotechnology laboratory methods and equipment, and excited to join our entrepreneurial culture in a position that is split between the science and education divisions. During the academic months of September-February, the primary responsibilities will be teaching in both the classroom and laboratory, conducting student assessment, and maintaining academic records. In addition to teaching, the individual will be part of the team maintaining our state of the art laboratory, preparing materials for experimental set-ups, and overseeing all safety requirements.

The Academy’s curriculum emphasizes training through lab immersion, and providing extensive hands-on experience with instrumentation and techniques typically found in modern laboratories. Other features of the program include close supervision in the laboratory, instruction in relevant theoretical sciences, field trips to local biotech companies, a 12-week paid-internship, and development of career skills. The successful individual will be enthusiastic about teaching “at the bench”, and convey their excitement for experimental science to the students.

During the non-academic months, as well as during school vacation weeks, the individual will work as a laboratory technician on science projects directed by staff GMGI scientists. The projects will be derived from a variety of marine genomic topics, utilizing basic laboratory skills typical of modern biotechnology labs. The ability to generate high quality data, operate with critical thinking and observation skills, and the maintenance of scientific records are important traits.

Position Summary

The newly created position of Biotech Lab Technician/Teaching Assistant will be part of the GMGI team, supporting all aspects of the laboratory-centered curriculum for the Academy and working on a variety of GMGI science projects during the non-academic part of the calendar year. During the academic months, the candidate will work closely with the Education Director, to include 2-4 hours of daily teaching at the bench as well as supervision of data entry and maintenance of a laboratory manual. Additional responsibilities include advance preparation of laboratory lessons, helping with student assessments and coaching, and some clerical work for maintaining student records. In addition, the assistant teacher will also help deliver the career skills curriculum.

The Academy class is composed of 14-20 high school graduates whose ages range from 18-28. The curriculum emphasizes experiential learning based on industry practices, and includes extensive work with instrumentation and techniques found in a modern biotechnology laboratory. Theoretical teaching responsibilities will include basic biology, chemistry, cell biology, microbiology, and genetics.

During the non-academic months, the individual will work on a variety of GMGI science projects, with responsibilities determined by staff scientists.

This position will report to both the Science Director and Education Director

Responsibilities/Assistant Teacher

  • Supervise laboratory sessions, with individual coaching as needed
  • Provide brief introductory lessons for background science
  • Assist students with all good practices common to an industrial lab environment
  • Mentor students as part of a uniquely supportive learning environment
  • Assist with bench practicals and traditional exams
  • Assist with grading and maintenance of school records
  • Help with lab set up needed for experiments
  • Maintain lab for safety and cleanliness
  • Assist with equipment calibration and maintenance
  • Training of interns assigned to research projects

Responsibilities/Lab Technician

  • Execute experiments as detailed by protocols specific to project
  • Generate and maintain data to meet scientific standards
  • Operate with critical thinking, always assessing quality of experimental set up and results
  • Prepare reports as requested, for internal or proposal requirements
  • Maintain experimental materials and supplies
  • Maintain research equipment
  • Background reading suited to individual projects

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, molecular biology, or biotechnology
  • Working familiarity with biotechnology methods for DNA, RNA and protein analysis, capable of running experiments with minimal supervision
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to the GMGI mission of science and education
  • Experience working with modern biotechnology instruments and methods
  • Excellent writing and documentation skills
  • Basic skills in statistical analysis of data
  • Minimum 1-3 years teaching experience at the secondary or post-secondary levels, or equivalent industrial teaching
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Enthusiastic attitude towards teaching and mentoring students
  • Ability to interpret and present scientific data to individuals with a non-science background
  • Strong bench skills
  • Integrity towards scientific research and data quality
  • Capable of working in a start-up environment, with work changing to adapt to needs
  • High energy, can-do attitude

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in biology, chemistry, molecular biology, or biotechnology
  • Experience conducting experiments and analyzing results
  • Experience with graphing and statistics
  • Experience troubleshooting experiments to assure reliable performance
  • Experience working in a biotechnology company
  • Background in marine sciences or oceanography

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits: Yes

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to John Doyle at john.doyle@gmgi.org.


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